All-in-one tool for perfect coding

All-in-one tool for perfect coding


You are a webmaster. Like any professional (or even amateur) in the area, you are constantly growing, evolving, and learning something new. Your first steps we related to two main HTML tags <head> and <body>. Then you mastered page layout and styles. After that, thinking about your workflow optimization and automation, together with interactivity of web-projects, you shifted to the study of JavaScript and PHP. This bundle (HTML, JavaScript, and PHP) as the basis of any quality web development uses the major modern web technologies.
Along with the growth of your knowledge and skills, your tools need to be evolved. For comparison, as the quality of carpenter's saw, hammer and nails defines the quality of his final product - finished furniture, the quality of your final code depends on the quality of your coding tool. Your first "hammer" for sure was a simple Notepad or any like text editor. Then you chose code editor that gave you extra features and conveniences while working with the code. For example, code highlighting, line counts, file manager, code collapsing, FTP-connections, so on, so forth. Such a tool was quite enough, as long as you wrote pure HTML. However, while learning JavaScript and PHP, you learned about functions and variables, classes and objects, arrays and databases, finally about SQL... After that, you need some different development tools in addition to your common text editor - debuggers and code inspectors, project and databases managers, version control software and so on.

There is a class of programs, to facilitate and ease the work of the developer, called IDE - "Integrated development environment" or "Integrated debugging environment". They combine all the tools that webmaster may require for efficient and rapid development of his applications. Typically, IDE is created for one certain language. This may be a development environment for C, Pascal, Java or PHP.
It should be noted, however, that the full potential of IDE is available only to those webmasters, who in addition to HTML page-proofs and CSS styles, understand and use object-oriented programming, classes, objects, and variables, structures, and database management. To get the most from the convenience of IDE and start coding quickly and efficiently, you need to spend some time exploring the program, its interface and all possibilities. You need to "get used" to operate in it.
Most webmasters, of course, needs IDE designed to work with HTML, JavaScript, PHP and SQL. One of the market leaders in this segment is CodeLobsterPHP Edition. Foremost, the program is free (with a basic set of functions). Secondly, it contains everything you may need in the process of web development. Thirdly, it has a convenient and easily configurable interface. The main program window is divided into several functional areas. The central one is the area of direct code editing. The collateral and bottom areas have complementary and functional character. Top panel has buttons for the most sought after and frequently used features. Size, position, and display options can be customized for those areas, as well as a set of buttons of the top panels. CodeLobster PHP Edition displays tooltips as you type, which help you choose form a list of possible words.

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While you write down your code, CodeLobster PHP Edition simultaneously checks it for errors, and notifies you when they occur. Therefore, you can be sure of the correctness and accuracy of your work. In addition to classes, methods, and objects management, left workspace can display the file manager, increasing the speed of project files access.


A nice addition is the support for popular web frameworks and CMS: CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Drupal, JQuery, Joomla, Smarty, Symfony, WordPress, Yii. They are included in the software distribution and are available free during first 30 days (for an additional fee after this period).


Primary, but not a complete list of features and functions of CodeLobster PHP Edition is:
  • syntax highlighting for SQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML;
  • auto-completion for SQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML;
  • context-sensitive and dynamic help SQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML;
  • built-in PHP debugger and parser;
  • automatic syntax checking;
  • code collapsing;
  • HTML/CSS inspector (Firebug-like);
  • class view;
  • Zen coding support;
  • multi tabs for different files;
  • FTP support;
  • DB management support;
  • and much more.


For your mobility, CodeLobster PHP Edition can be installed as a portable version so, that you can keep it on your flash-drive or in the cloud.

Try it! If you want to work quickly, efficiently and effectively, and grow as a professional webmaster, the IDE CodeLobsterPHP Edition can become your perfect choice.

Write For Us Guest Writer
Written by Stas Ustimenko
Working as project-manager in "Codelobster Software" with 10-year experience in C++ and PHP coding, he understands all the everyday needs of webmaster and is keen to present the most convenient web dev workflow.
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